Buhari unveils N1bn TETFund projects in Ekiti varsities
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Friday, inaugurated six Tertiary Education Trust Fund projects worth about N1 billion to boost teaching and learning in three universities in Ekiti State.
Beneficiaries of the projects are the Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere Ekiti; Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti; and Federal University, Oye Ekiti.
Buhari, represented by the Minister of Industry and Trade, Adeniyi Adebayo, during the inauguration of the projects at Ikere Ekiti, Ado Ekiti and Oye Ekiti, said, “The commissioning of these projects today at the universities would in no small measure further enhance teaching and learning and improvement of academic standards”.
The President said that TETFund through Federal Government’s support had performed exceptionally in infrastructure provision, and support for academic staff training and development among others to tertiary institutions.
He assured of continued support “to provide necessary support towards making our educational institutions globally competitive for economic and technological development of the country”.
TETFund Executive Secretary, Sonny Echono, said completion and inauguration of the projects showed efficient management of federal government resources through the body “for the provision of requisite infrastructure to aid teaching, learning and research, in line with mandate that sets up the Fund”.
Echono, represented by TETFund Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Babatunde Olajide, expressed the government’s resolve to ensure that tertiary institutions attained high global ranking and become more competitive through the provision of a conducive learning environment that would enable scholar students to thrive and excel among their peers.
The TETFund boss disclosed that the Vocation Education Workshop Complex at BOUESTI gulped N318 million; the three projects at FUOYE including construction and furnishings of Lecture Theatre Block “A” for Faculty of Science cost N369.89m while at EKSU, the Faculty of the Social Sciences Twin Lecture Theatre and Medical Ward for the University Health Centre cost N306.85m.
BOUESTI Vice Chancellor, Prof Olufemi Adeoluwa, who lauded Buhari and TETFund for the provision of the vocational education workshop for the institution, said, “No doubt, the provision of this facility will further enhance a higher quality of delivery and equip our staff and students with acquisition of relevant skills and relevant skills that will give them competitive edge”.
Adeoluwa added that “TETFund since inception had placed all tertiary institutions in Nigeria on higher pedestal in terms of physical infrastructure, provision of standard learning facilities, conference attendance sponsorship, academic staff training and development, library development and ICT interventions etc.”
BVAS fails to transmit Presidential election results, INEC’s ad-hoc staff tells Court
The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) deployed for February 25 general election failed to transmit the results of the Presidential election, two INEC’s ad-hoc staff told Presidential Election Petition Court.
Mr. Friday Egwuma and Grace Timothy the two ad-hoc staff who served as Presiding officers in polling units in Abia State and Plateau State told the court on Thursday that presidential election results were not transmitted from polling Units after the results were recorded, snapped, and entered,
Both of them testified under subpoena as Atiku witnesses. They further told the court that the BVAS machine allocated to them developed a system error immediately after the results of the Senate and House of Representatives held same time and venue were transmitted.
In their subpoena evidence, the two workers of the electoral body explained that they had to resort to other means of getting the results through when it became clear that the BVAS machines would not help them.
Egwuma was a Presiding Officer in a polling unit in Abia State while Grace Timothy served INEC in Plateau State.
Apart from the failure of the BVAS machines to transmit the presidential election results, the two witnesses admitted that voting went smoothly in their respective places of work.
They were led in evidence by Atiku’s lead counsel Chief Chris Uche, SAN. However
under cross-examination by Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud SAN who stood for the electoral body, Egwuma explained that he resorted to the offline system in place of the BVAS machines.
In her own, Grace Timothy told the Court that the greatest challenge she experienced during the election was the uploading of the presidential election results into the I- rev portal.
The witnesses were also cross-examined by Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN who stood for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN who represented the All Progressives Congress APC.
Early yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Bola Tinubu, and APC had vehemently kicked against the bid by Atiku to have the INEC ad-hoc staff testify in the petition challenging the declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu’s lead counsel Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN objected to the tendering of statement on oath of the witnesses at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in aid of Atiku’s petition.
The respondent argued that the statements of the ad-hoc staff were not front-loaded at the time of filing their petition
He asked the Court to reject the witnesses and discountenance their statements on the grounds that they violated the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.
Tinubu’s arguments against the subpoenaed witnesses were adopted by Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN who stood for the APC and Abubakar Mahmoud SAN who appeared for INEC.
Atiku’s lead counsel, Chris Uche SAN asked the Court to dismiss the objections on the grounds that they were utterly misplaced and misconceived.
Uche argued that the objections by Tinubu, APC, and INEC were deliberate ploy designed to delay proceedings.
The senior lawyer insisted that the statements of the subpoenaed witnesses could not have been front-loaded along with the petition because they have not been summoned at the time of filing the petition.
He asked the Court to discountenance the objections of the three respondents and hold that they are not regular or additional witnesses envisaged in the law cited by Olanipekun. The council said that it would be a denial of a fair hearing to bar a witness under subpoena from testifying when the respondents have the right to cross-examine the witness.
The presiding Justice Tsammani stood down the matter for a ruling but on resumption, Justice Tsammani announced that ruling in the objections had been reserved till the judgment date.
The court directed the petitioner’s lawyer to proceed with his subpoenaed witness testimony.
Meanwhile, further hearing in the petition has been shifted to June 9
Two Reasons I’m Supporting Akpabio to be Senate President – Ndume
Ali Ndume has revealed why he’s supporting Senator Godswill Akpabio to become the next Senate President. Ndume who represents Borno South, spoke during an interview on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday. Ndume said it is because Akpabio is the preferred candidate of President Bola Tinubu. Tinubu has also asked Ndume to lead Akpabio’s campaign and ensure he becomes the number three citizen.“There are so many that contributed to my reason to stand for Akpabio, because one the president had interest and had Akpabio as his preferred candidate and number two, he had the confidence of asking me to lead the campaign.“Most importantly, it is about justice, about equity, about the constitution and doing what is right and standing for what is justful for this country,” Ndume said. Even though the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chosen Akpabio to be senate president, the likes of Abdulaziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara, and Orji Uzor Kalu, chief whip of the senate, have insisted on contesting the position.
Democracy Day: FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday
To commemorate Democracy Day, the Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, 2023, a public holiday.In a statement issued Thursday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Nigerians on the occasion.She said; “Nigeria’s democratic journey has, like in many other climes, encountered both stormy and smooth sails, but the ship of State, it’s institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration”.
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